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Review: Teen Daze All of Us, Together

Hated It
Label: Lefse

At some point toward the beginning of her musical career, Björk was quoted in an interview saying, "I find it so amazing when people tell me that electronic music has not got soul, and they blame the computers... It's like, you couldn't blame the computer. If there's no soul in the music, it's because nobody put it there." Her point was an excellent defense of a once grossly misunderstood kind of songwriting, and it certainly bears revisiting in an era where creating music electronically is the easiest and most widespread method available. Instead of using the sentiment to justify computer-made music, however, use it to consider the fact that a potential lack of human soul looms over every synth preset, drum sample, and effects patch that Ableton Live, Reason, Logic, or some such DAW offers hopeful producers. Maybe now more than ever before, it would seem that, in addition to creating compelling song structures and unique sounds, it is the job of electronic artists to infuse a bit of themselves into their musical work in order to help combat the soullessness that computer programs can foster. Someone should've reminded Teen Daze of this before he made his first "proper" album, All of Us, Together. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Foals Contribute to !K7's 'Tapes' Series

Indie-leaning UK outfit Foals is set to mix the third installment of !K7's Tapes series, which will be released on cassette and digital on July 24. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Download: The Phantom "Ceremony (Ultravid Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Silverback

Spiraling, speculative synths are the primary driving force on this heaving remix of The Phantom's "Ceremony" by Belgian producer Ultravid. Pretty, luminescent, and punctuated with Night Slugs-style drops that transport the tune into hi-hat laden mayhem, Ultravid has clearly set his sights on unsuspecting dancefloors. Complete with cowbells and slurred vocals, the remix seduces a dancer into a lull before diving into grimey bass stabs and riding a syncopated house beat. Out in late May/early June, The Phantom's EP2 Remixes will also feature Mike Q & Divoli S'vere, BD1982, and Optimum on remix duties. You can stream a preview of the EP, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (82 votes)

Download: South London Ordnance "Shutter Island"

South London Ordnance, a young producer from, well, South London, is celebrating his 1000th Facebook like with a free track, the deep "Shutter Island." The track flitters about on the fuzzy line between UK garage and more straightforward deep house, serving up seven enjoyable minutes of distant organ stabs, 808 claps and rimshots, and reverb-laden samples. The producer just dropped his debut 12" via 2nd Drop and has several more releases in store for the rest of the calendar year, including records on the Audio Culture and Well Rounded Housing Project imprints. You can check out a preview of his 2nd Drop debut, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (86 votes)

Posthumous J Dilla Record to Drop Next Week

Arriving next week, Dillatroit is a 12-track record of 100% previously unreleased productions by the late great James Dewitt Yancey (a.k.a. J Dilla). Read more » 

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  • 05/17/2012

R.I.P. Donna Summer

It was announced today that singer LaDonna Adrian Gaines (known to most as Donna Summer) has passed away at the age of 63. Read more » 

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  • 05/17/2012

Cooly G to Drop Debut LP

It's been in the works for quite some time, but the debut full-length from Cooly G is finally ready to see the light of day. Read more » 

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  • 05/17/2012

Download: DJ Earl "Teklife or No Life"

Label: Moveltraxx

"Teklife or No Life" is the title track from DJ Earl's first EP (artwork above) for the ghetto-leaning Moveltraxx imprint out of France, a hub which is already home to releases by Traxman, DJ Rashad, DJ Clent, and more. The label is pushing Earl as the latest chapter in the ongoing Chicago juke/footwork explosion, and this track certainly keeps up with the finest of the Windy City's producers. The young Chicago native propels "Teklife" with ghetto-house-influenced percussion, all clicking about a noodling, seductive synth whine. The complete tracklist and a preview of the Teklife or No Life EP can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (58 votes)

Video: Lemonade "Neptune"

With the release of new album Diver just a few weeks away, Brooklyn trio Lemonade has unveiled the effort's first video, a provocative clip for the song "Neptune." Read more » 

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  • 05/17/2012

Listen to a Track From Pariah's 'Rift' EP

Only a couple of weeks after we hear that R&S will release Pariah's third record, we discover that it will be called the Rift EP, that it will arrive on June 11, and that at least one of its songs is pretty excellent. Read more » 

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  • 05/17/2012

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